Well, I guess one is never too old to learn something new... or own the truth of something that isn't so much new as ignored.
Like many people who live alone and who don't go out much, I have developed a habit of keeping very distorted hours. For years I've planned to change this behavior but never done it. My habit has been to stay up until 2 or 3 am and get up between 9 and 10 in the morning. That's 6-7 hours of sleep. It's not terrible behavior. Probably more than many people get even if the hours are a bit skewed. BUT.... I've read research about new studies on the importance of sleep. I've advised others to get more sleep. But do I listen myself? Nope.
Well, whether by coincidence or as a consequence of Dennis Puffet's work on my house, I've been getting myself to bed by 1:30 at the latest for the past 10 days. And oh the difference an hour and a half to 2 hours of sleep makes. I feel more grounded and better physically with each passing day.
I need to watch myself tonight because I'm procrastinating changing the litter box and putting out the garbage, so if I'm not careful, I'll throw a crimp in my new routine because changing the litter and putting the garbage out is just one of those simple things that I turn into an ordeal in my head. Right now for some reason I'm stirring up big anxiety because the Angel gate finally took one kick too many from all the people who have tolerated having to climb over it. So in my head at the moment, I have created fear of a tragic escape as I'm getting the mail or putting the garbage out. Angel has shown no sign of realizing that the gate is gone, but the Basic Worry System has gone into overdrive. So it goes forever on and on in my head.
But back to the subject at hand. I'm hoping to continue my new schedule and maybe even improve on it. We will see. For the moment I'm both pleased and amazed at the difference in how I feel. Cats are smart about sleep. They seem able to sleep anywhere and in any position.
Here are some good sources of information on Sleep Deprivation.
This first one is from Sleepnet.com ... then there's Sleep Deprivation.com. Who know there was an international sleep society? Their site was kind of sleep-inducing so I'm not including it. This last article is from a site called Serendip.
Anyway, passionate lectures about sleep are to be feared if I keep this new behavior up and continue to feel more coherent and alert. But I'd better post this, change the litter box and practice what I'm preaching.
Totally unrelated to sleep. Shannon took these pictures of Angel enduring the punishment I mete out when she has been exceptionally naughty. It's called the hug-a-thon. See the tortured look on her face? That'll teach her to mess with electric wires! Lest you think me especially unkind, this was not a one sniff offense. Angel in a certain mood is relentless and the more I say no, the more she does something. In this case it was playing with the cord for the Christmas tree. After about 17 warnings and two pick-ups, the hug-a-thon was required. It was a LONG hug. I'm so mean. She's so cute even when she is being a horrible brat.